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The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award recognises and celebrates the contributions of our future community leaders. The Award is run and presented alongside the Trustpower Community Awards, bringing young people together with the wider voluntary sector operating in their community.

The Award is open to all 17-18 year olds (Year 13 or equivalent) who are making a difference in their community.  Anyone can enter a young person, including the young person themselves.

*Entries for 2018 closed on 31 May. If you would like to be notified when entries open for 2019, please provide your contact details.



Youth Spirit Awards Information Form

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a Youth Community Spirit Award?

The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is open to all 17-18 year olds (Year 13 or equivalent) who are attending school, alternative education or are employed in a Trustpower Community Awards region

Who can nominate a young person?

Anyone can nominate a young person (e.g. a teacher or dean, another student, their employer, a community organisation, or the student themselves). Regardless of who nominates them, it is the nominee’s responsibility to provide the reference letter and video required to complete the entry (see What Happens Next).

What happens next?

Once nominated (by themselves or someone else), the nominee will then need to complete their application online by uploading:

- a letter of reference (Word or PDF); preferably from a teacher or a member of a community organisation they support, that answers the following questions:

  • In what ways has the nominee contributed to or been involved in school and/or community projects?
  • How do they bring about positive change in their community?
  • How do they demonstrate community spirit?

- a YouTube link to a video of themselves, up to two minutes long, that answers the following questions:

  • In what ways have you contributed to or been involved in school and/or community projects?
  • What motivates you to give your time voluntarily for such activities?
  • How do you bring about positive change in your communities?
  • Please sign off with a one-line statement to describe yourself
What is the judging criteria?

A local judging panel of Council and community representatives will review all entries and put forward a shortlist of finalists for consideration. An independent judging panel, assembled by Trustpower, will select the recipients of the Youth Community Spirit Awards. This decision will be final.

All entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Contributes to their school, education provider, or workplace community
  • Contributes to wider community projects
  • Advocates for positive change in their community
  • Demonstrates community spirit
What are the prizes?

Winners of a Trustpower Youth Community Award receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $750 prizemoney. 

Where is the award presented?

The Award will be presented at your nearest Trustpower Community Awards function. All nominators and nominees will receive an invitation to the awards function.